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Common Software Design Approved for Production
February 1st, 2017 Engineering & Technology

On December 13-14, 2016, an international panel of reviewers met at the TMT project office in Pasadena for the Final Design Review of the Common Software (CSW) subsystem.

TMT Segment-Handling Robot Receives National Award
November 15th, 2016 Engineering & Technology

A segment-handling robot developed in Japan for the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) has received the 2016 Good Design Award. The robot is a key technology in the world’s first Segment Handling System (SHS), designed to safely and efficiently replace numerous segment mirrors for the next generation's extremely large telescope to maintain perfectly reflective mirrors during TMT's operation.

Dynamic Structures is awarded $10 million contract award for final design phase of Thirty Meter Telescope Enclosure
August 10th, 2016 Engineering & Technology

Empire Industries Ltd. today announced that its Dynamic Structures division has been awarded a contract from Canadian Commercial Corporation for the final design and production readiness phases of the Thirty Meter Telescope enclosure. The contract is valued at approximately $10 million, and is expected to be completed over the next 20 months.

TMT Project Progresses With Work Being Accomplished By Partners Worldwide
November 2nd, 2015 Engineering & Technology

Production on glass segments that will make up Thirty Meter Telescope’s (TMT) primary mirror is underway in Japan, as significant progress continues being made on the telescope’s manufacturing work by many of the participating nations.

TMT Cuts Short First Day of Construction Restart For Safety Reasons
June 24th, 2015 Engineering & Technology

“This is a difficult day for Hawaii and TMT. As we attempted to begin our work today, we were met by protests that regrettably resulted in some arrests. Boulders blocked our access to the construction site and the Department of Land and Natural Resources deemed it unsafe for us to proceed," - says Henry Yang, chair of the TMT International Observatory board.

TMT Shakes Its Mirror
February 18th, 2015 Engineering & Technology

During the week of January 26, 2015, the Thirty Meter Telescope performed a series of "shake tests" in El Segundo, California. A major earthquake was simulated to confirm that the telescope's mirror segments would survive without damage.

On-Site Construction Begins on the Thirty Meter Telescope in Hawaii; Watch Worldwide by Webcast
October 3rd, 2014 Engineering & Technology

On October 7, 2014, a groundbreaking and blessing ceremony for the next-generation Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) will launch a multi-national $1.4 billion project near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii.

Next-Generation Thirty Meter Telescope Begins Construction in Hawaii
July 28th, 2014 Engineering & Technology

Following the approval of a sublease on July 25 by the Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) announces the beginning of the construction phase on Hawaii Island and around the world throughout the TMT international partnership. Contingent on that decision, the TMT International Observatory (TIO) Board of Directors, the project's new governing body, recently approved the initial phase of construction, with...

TMT Exhibits a Next-Generation Telescope Mirror Assembly in Canada
June 9th, 2014 Engineering & Technology

The Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project will unveil a polished mirror assembly - a key piece of astronomy's next-generation telescope - at the 2014 annual meeting of the Canadian Astronomical Society (CASCA). The assembly will be unveiled at a reception at 5:30pm EDT, Monday, June 9 at the Hotel Chateau Laurier, in Quebec City, Canada.

TMT Takes Step Towards Construction after Approval by the Board of Land and Natural Resources
April 13th, 2013 Engineering & Technology

Friday marked another important step forward for the future of astronomical discovery and economic opportunity on Hawaii Island. The Hawaiian Board of Land and Natural Resources (BLNR) announced that it has granted a permit to the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project to build and operate the next-generation observatory near the summit of Mauna Kea.

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